Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 3rd Annual Full Moon Ride Takes Place This Saturday, September 17

September 13, 2016 by  
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Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website,, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit